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  • Walking as a woman in Syria

    10/31/2014 8:20:08 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    Anonymous ^ | Anonymous woman
    French Report: Syrian Woman Secretly Films Life in Raqqa under ISIL A Syrian woman agreed to carry a hidden camera to film how life is like inside Syria's northern city of Raqqa, which has been under the control of the Islamic State (aka ISIL or ISIS). The report was aired on France 2. It shows some French women who decided to move indefinitely to Syria while abandoning their previous lives in France.
  • As ISIS Take Kobane, NATO's Second Largest Army Sits on the Sidelines

    10/07/2014 9:39:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/7/14 | Alexander Christie-Miller
    As the black flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) rose above the Syrian town of Kobane on Monday, the soldiers of NATO’s second largest army stood and watched only a few hundred metres away. “We will do everything possible to help the people of Kobane because they are our brothers and sisters,” Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN as the town was close to falling on Monday.
  • Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

    10/30/2014 1:57:57 PM PDT · by drypowder · 85 replies
    ClubOrlov ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin's speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn't get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don't think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is...
  • Admiral Nakhimov to become most powerful missile cruiser in Russian fleet

    10/31/2014 8:42:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | October 31, 2014 | Alexey Ramm
    The Admiral Nakhimov heavy cruiser is to receive new ordnance, putting it ahead of the Russian fleet’s current flagship, the Peter the Great missile cruiser. Military sources say the installation of the new long-range S-400 and Poliment-Redut anti-aircraft missile systems, part of the modernization of the Russian fleet, will not change the ship's combat missions. Heavy nuclear missile-bearing cruiser Admiral Nakhimov in the Barents Sea. Source: Oleg Lastochkin / RIA Novosti Russia’s Admiral Nakhimov nuclear cruiser is to receive the new long-range S-400 and the middle-range Poliment-Redut anti-missile systems, as well as Caliber cruise missiles, as part of the ongoing...
  • Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal (YOU get to pay for it!)

    10/30/2014 11:31:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-30-2014 | Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop
    Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President...
  • NATO tracks large-scale Russian air activity in Europe

    10/31/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by McGruff · 23 replies
    NATO ^ | 30 Oct. 2014
    NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace Eight Russian Aircraft Intercepted over North Sea / Atlantic Ocean on 29 October 2014 At approximately 3:00 a.m. CET on 29 October, NATO radars detected and tracked eight Russian aircraft flying in formation over the North Sea. F-16 aircraft from the Royal Norwegian Air Force were scrambled, intercepted and identified the Russian aircraft,...
  • LAWMAKER SAYS OPENLY GAY APPLE CEO TIM COOK SHOULD BE BANNED FROM RUSSIA

    10/30/2014 ST. PETERSBURG LAWMAKER SAYS OPENLY GAY APPLE CEO TIM COOK SHOULD BE BANNED FROM RUSSIA 'FOR LIFE' BY KYLER GEOFFROY Vitaly Milonov, the St. Petersburg lawmaker behind the city's anti-gay "propaganda" ban and the disruptions at last month's Queerfest, is now calling for a lifetime travel ban on Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out publicly as gay earlier this morning. Buzzfeed reports: “What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there,” St. Petersburg city council member Vitaly Milonov told the FlashNord website on Thursday. “Ban him for life.” [...] Milonov, an MP in St. Petersburg whose local “gay propaganda”...
  • Post-Cold War Recession Myths Debunked

    10/30/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 29, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The oft-perpetuated myth, that rapid economic reforms post-Cold War drove the Eastern bloc into early recession, has been debunked by an economics professor at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute’s conference on the Cold War. In his research, economics professor Oleh Havrylyshyn, who works at the University of Toronto and George Washington University, found that “countries that moved early, moved fastest, and went furthest in market liberal and market reforms are the very same countries that have had very sharp increases in GDP per capita.” He compared Ukraine to Poland and concluded, “Poland and Ukraine had about the same standard...
  • France says conditions still not met to deliver warship to Russia

    10/30/2014 12:49:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:24am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - France said on Thursday that the conditions were not yet met to deliver the first of two controversial Mistral warships to Russia, contradicting reports that Russia had received an invitation to take delivery on Nov. 14.
  • Poland plans to strengthen military presence along eastern border

    10/29/2014 10:38:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 28.10.2014 | Deutsche Welle
    Poland is planning to overhaul its military structure, including potentially shifting thousands of troops to its eastern regions. The country's defense minister cites a need for reform in light of the Ukraine conflict. A symbolic image of Polish air force planes flying over Polish flags Most of Poland's army is based along its western border, a throwback to the country's past as a member of the Soviet bloc, but its defense minister Tomasz Siemoniak has signaled a shift eastwards - closer to its borders with Ukraine and Russia. "The geopolitical situation has changed. We have the biggest crisis of security...
  • Hackers breach White House computer system, Russia suspected

    10/29/2014 6:10:49 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 10/29 | AFP
    The White House's unclassified computer network was recently breached by intruders, a US official said Tuesday, with The Washington Post newspaper reporting that the Russian government was thought to be behind the act. "In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network," said the White House official, speaking on condition of not being named. "Any such activity is something we take very seriously. In this case, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity." The Washington Post quoted sources as saying hackers believed to be working for the Russian government...
  • China to buy 5,000 Russian air-to-air missiles: Japanese report

    10/28/2014 10:29:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-29
    China is likely to purchase 5,000 R-73 and R-77 air-to-air missiles from Russia, writes Toshiyuki Roku, retired commander of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Air Development and Test Command, in an article for the Tokyo-based Japan Military Review. Since China's domestic air-to-air missiles such as the PL-12, the SD-10A and the PL-9C were designed based on technology from Ukraine and are still unable to compete against US counterparts, the People's Liberation Army realizes that it needs the more advanced Russian missiles to go head to head against the US and Japan in any potential future air combat, Roku wrote. He...
  • U.S. Navy Impressed with New Russian Attack Boat

    10/28/2014 10:27:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 28, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    Russian Project 885 submarine during sea trials. One of the U.S. Navy’s top submarine officers was so impressed with Russia’s new Project 885 nuclear attack boats that he had a model of K-329 Severodvinsk built for his office. Rear Adm. Dave Johnson, Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) program executive officer (PEO) submarines said he had the model of Severodvinsk placed outside his office in a common area so that he could look at it every day on his way to his office. “We’ll be facing tough potential opponents. One only has to look at the Severodvinsk, Russia’s version of a...
  • Obama USING Marxist Experience to PROMOTE Muslim Expansion

    10/28/2014 2:52:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | October 28, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    There are several debates when it comes to Barack Obama. One has to do with whether he is more Marxist or more Muslim. The answer may involve his usage of one to promote the elevation of the other ... Though Brzezinski rightly expressed concerns that the ‘Arab Spring’ could turn into the ‘Arab Winter’, he essentially advocated a repeat of his 1979 Afghanistan strategy in Libya ... After Gadhafi was overthrown, four Americans were murdered in Benghazi and the U.S. abandoned its embassy in Tripoli. Those of us with much less worldly experience knew it was a bad idea. How...
  • 2nd Russian Hacker Group Accused of Targeting NATO

    10/28/2014 8:40:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Oct. 28 2014 14:56 | Matthew Bodner
    A U.S. security firm has claimed that a sophisticated, Russia-based hacker group is spying on NATO and former Soviet member states, most likely on the orders of the Russian government. In a report issued Tuesday, security firm FireEye said the group, which the firm dubbed APT28, has since 2007 conducted “long-standing, focused operations that indicate a government sponsor — specifically, a government based in Moscow.”
  • Poland in defense shift as security concerns rise

    10/28/2014 4:24:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2014 9:28 PM EDT | Monika Scislowska
    Poland is planning a major realignment of its military structure because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine, the country’s defense minister said Monday, a move that could shift thousands of troops to its eastern border. “The geopolitical situation has changed. We have the biggest crisis of security since the Cold War and we must draw conclusions from that,” Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told The Associated Press. Although Poland joined NATO in 1999, most of its 120,000-member army is based along the country’s western border, as a relic of its former status as a Soviet bloc member. That is going...
  • Suspicion hangs over death of U.S. journalist in Turkey

    10/27/2014 5:45:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    WND ^ | October 26, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    Threatened days before car crash for her reporting on ISIS. The death of an American journalist who worked in the Middle East has come under suspicion because she had claimed days before her death that the Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani. Serena Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, was a journalist for Iran’s state-owned Press TV. She was killed in a car crash in the city of Suruc after she reportedly collided with a “heavy vehicle.” She was in a rental car returning from her assignment...
  • Reports suggest Iran ‘lurks behind’ Iraq sectarian violence

    10/27/2014 8:44:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Monday, 27 October 2014 | (Staff Writer)
    Shiite militias, linked to the Iranian government, continue to commit war crimes and human rights abuses in Iraq in retribution to attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a report by Amnesty International. Reports suggest that these militias, which the Iraqi government is reportedly dependent on, are being funded and supported by Iranian authorities. …
  • Putin Loses in Ukraine’s Election

    10/28/2014 1:23:25 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | October 28, 2014 | The Editors
    ... Much can go wrong for Ukraine in the next decade, but not enough to transform the country into a victory for Putin. This time last year Putin controlled the whole of Ukraine through Yanukovych. Today he controls Crimea and three conflict-wracked provinces dependent upon Russian military support. His Eurasian Economic Union is faltering, and without Ukraine it is no match for other economic blocs. He has given a modest boost to NATO and now has its troops on Russia’s Baltic borders. Sanctions on Russia are weakening its economy and the interests of his kleptocratic supporters at a time when...
  • Vladimir Putin lays out a menacing choice for the West

    10/27/2014 6:38:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2014 at 7:22 PM | (Editorial Board)
    Anyone wondering what Western leaders have been up against when they try to reason with Vladi­mir Putin need only read the transcript of the Russian ruler’s three-hour performance at the annual Valdai conference in Sochi on Friday. Mr. Putin was politely questioned by an assortment of Moscow-approved foreign journalists, scholars and former policymakers about Russia’s aggression in Ukraine—and out poured a poisonous mix of lies, conspiracy theories, thinly veiled threats of further aggression and, above all, seething resentment toward the United States. “Having declared itself the winner of the Cold War,” the United States, with the help of “its satellites,”...
  • The Psychopath Under the Bed - Part One

    10/27/2014 1:45:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 21 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/27/14 | J.R. Nyquist
    The Psychopath Under the Bed - PART ONE Thoughts inspired by Karen Dawisha’s book, Russia’s kleptocracy, in the light of Golitsyn’s methodoloy By J.R. NyquistBecause we can see that there is a complex and clever system in Russia, quite opaque and full of interesting details and inner rules, we should conclude that the system came about by intelligent design. But how? The evidence strongly suggests that it did not come about by chance. This book firmly rejects the ideas often promulgated in Western academic circles that Putin is an ‘accidental autocrat’ or a ‘good tsar surrounded by bad boyars.’” -...
  • Missiles of ISIS May Pose Peril for Aircrews

    10/27/2014 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | KIRK SEMPLE and ERIC SCHMITT
    BAGHDAD — From the battlefield near Baiji, an Islamic State jihadist fired a heat-seeking missile and blew an Iraqi Army Mi-35M attack helicopter out of the sky this month, killing its two crew members. Since much of the most difficult fighting in the coming months is expected to unfold in the towns and cities of Anbar, American generals may be inclined to order more Apaches to support Iraqi ground troops. They may also make greater use of AC-130 gunships, a lumbering, propeller-driven plane bristling with cannons that circles at altitudes at the outer limits of some shoulder-fired missiles. Since at...
  • Low Oil Prices: A $660 Billion Stimulus Package

    10/17/2014 3:01:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Matthew Zeitlin
    Crude prices have plunged by more than 20% in recent months. The fall means cheaper gas, cheaper flights, and generally good news for American consumers. Oil prices have been falling for months, and the slide could easily continue. With unprecedented instability in the Middle East, how could this be happening? The answer, according to analysts who follow the market, is a little bit of everything, from economic fundamentals in big oil consuming countries to growth in output among some oil producers. But much more clear is the effect of tumbling prices: Low oil prices are the equivalent of a massive...
  • Lower oil prices are unambiguously good

    10/17/2014 9:03:36 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 41 replies
    Human Events.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Steep stock market corrections often create shrouds of pessimism that do bad things to people’s brainpower. And one of the absolutely stupidest things I have heard in recent weeks is that the recent drop in oil prices is bad. You heard me right. Serious people on financial television are saying lower oil prices are a signal of worldwide economic collapse. Here at home that translates to recession, deflation, a profits collapse and rising unemployment. I’ve been around for a while, and I’ve seldom heard such gibberish. The latest stock market scare stems from a bunch of fears — such as...
  • Price Fall Hastens Decline Of 'Big Oil' As Western Majors Retreat

    10/10/2014 5:29:11 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | October 09, 2014 | Ron Bousso & Dmitry Zhdannikov
    This year's fall in energy prices is hastening the decline of big oil, as the seven Western majors sell-off assets, cut investment, return money to shareholders and shrink in size, leaving ever more output to small producers and state firms. Companies that were already deep in the red when the price of Brent was at $109 a barrel last year are having to redraw business plans for prices as low as $90. With promised shareholder dividends probably untouchable for now, they will have to divest, cut costs and borrow more against a smaller business just to make ends meet. And...
  • Iran Slashes Oil Prices to Asia Following Saudi Cut, Lowest Level Since December 2008

    10/10/2014 5:58:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | BENOÎT FAUCON
    Iran has reduced its oil prices to Asia to its lowest level since December 2008, hard on the heels of a similar Saudi cut last week, people familiar with the pricing said Friday... The National Iranian Oil Co. has cut its light crude oil price for Asian deliveries in November to a discount of 82 cents a barrel below the Oman/Dubai benchmark, the people said. The cut, which compares to a premium of 18 cents in October, is identical to a Saudi reduction of $1 a barrel last week for the Arab Light grade to Asia....
  • Russian Clocks Go Back For Last Time

    10/25/2014 5:49:27 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/25/2014 | BBC News
    Russia will turn back its clocks for the last time on Sunday to permanently adopt winter hours. It will also increase its time zones from nine to 11, from the Pacific to the borders of the European Union. For the last three years, Russia experimented with keeping permanent summer time, but it proved to be highly unpopular with many Russians. The Soviet Union introduced Daylight Saving Time in 1981. In 2011, then President Dmitry Medvedev introduced measures to reduce Russia's time zones to nine, and to keep summer time all year round. Russians put their clocks forward one hour but...
  • AP Slammed for Biased Jerusalem Attack Headline

    10/25/2014 9:45:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    CBN ^ | October 25, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Associated Press is facing some heat for its offensive headline following Thursday's terror attack in Jerusalem. The AP's initial headline read, "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem," with no mention that police were responding to a terror attack. The vehicular attack injured seven people and killed three month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who held dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. After repeated complaints, AP changed the headline to "Car Slams Into East Jerusalem Train Station. And finally, AP acquiesed to complaints, changing it to "Palestinian Kills Baby at Jerusalem Station." But there are still calls for the wire service...
  • Germany gives Israel deep discount on missile boats

    10/19/2014 6:49:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    i24news ^ | October 19th 2014
    Germany does about-face on refusal to grant 30-percent discount for vessels Germany has agreed to slash about one-third off the price of three fast missile boats, which Israel wants to buy, putting to rest a crisis between the two countries. he vessels, priced at almost $1 billion, are intended to protect the gas rigs off Israel’s shore. According to the daily Haaretz, Israel had asked for a 30-percent discount such as it had received on the purchase of German submarines. But at the beginning of May, German’s national security adviser Christoph Heusgen told his Israeli counterpart Yossi Cohen following the...
  • Confirmed: Israel to Supply Gas to Egypt in $4 Billion Deal

    10/20/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    An Israeli firm will supply Egypt with natural gas, a company spokesman said Monday, more than two years after sabotage halted the flow of Egyptian gas to Israel. For more than a decade Israel relied on Egypt for roughly 40 percent of its gas needs in line with an export accord signed in 2005 by the two countries which are bound by a peace treaty. But in April 2012 Egypt annulled the contract, saying Israel had not met the financial obligations of the agreement, in a decision that came amid a spate of bomb attacks that targeted the pipeline used...
  • Nuclear arms reportedly found in Iraq

    07/21/2004 5:52:33 AM PDT · by NY Catholic · 227 replies · 11,817+ views
    UP | july 21 2004 | UPI
    BAGHDAD, July 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said. They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in...
  • Iran says it needs more nuclear plants (20 more like Bushehr)

    10/21/2014 11:59:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Azernews ^ | October 2014, 11:29 (GMT+05:00)
    Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country needs 20 new nuclear power plants like the Bushehr plant. "Bushehr power plant currently produces 7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year," Salehi said, ISNA News Agency reported."Some countries have declared their readiness to construct new nuclear power plants in Iran." Earlier, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said they have been informed that Iran plans to construct 20 new nuclear power plants. Iran announced in June that it has reached an agreement with Russia to construct two more nuclear power plants. The two sides are negotiating...
  • Senator Mark Kirk: Congress Will Not Support ‘Obama-Khamenei’ Nuclear Deal

    10/21/2014 10:50:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 20, 2014 5:10 pm
    A leading United States senator has warned that the Obama Administration is heading for confrontation with Congress over its refusal, as reported by the New York Times, to allow congressional approval of a final nuclear deal with Iran. In a statement to The Algemeiner, Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) declared: “By threatening to cut out Congress from the Iran nuclear deal, the Administration is actually uniting Congress. We will not support an Obama-Khamenei deal that condemns our children to a future where the Middle East is full of nuclear weapons.” After the signing of the Geneva Accord with Iran in November 2013,...
  • The aggressive secularization of America

    10/25/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    Facebook ^ | 25 October AD 2014 | Abbot Tryphon
    SECULARISM The aggressive secularization of America As an American I have watched with sadness, the eroding of our Christian values and standards of living. When I was in grade school, each day was begun with the reading of the Bible, broadcast over the intercom system (yes, we had the technology when I was little). At my graduation from high school, there were two public gatherings in the gym, the first being the baccalaureate service, where the minister chosen by the seniors gave an inspirational address, and religious hymns and patriotic songs were sung. The second public gathering was the actual...
  • Putin lashes out at U.S. as warmonger that has 'deformed' world order

    10/24/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 35 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Carol J. Williams
    Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States on Friday, accusing Washington of provoking armed conflicts and undermining global security in a quest to lord its power over the rest of the world. In a 40-minute speech that mixed harsh criticism with veiled warnings against trying to oust the Russian bear from its role as “master of the taiga,” or boreal forest, Putin cast his nation's former Cold War nemesis as an aggressive force responsible for much of the violence racking the world today. “They are throwing their might to remove the risks they have created themselves, and...
  • Jordan says Russia can help solve Israeli-Arab conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:49 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10/2/2014 | Justin Jalil
    Jordan’s king told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow plays a pivotal role in efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during a meeting between the two in Moscow Wednesday. “The world should realize that without Russia, it is nearly impossible to make serious progress in the region,” King Abdullah II said, in a meeting that highlighted security and economic cooperation between the two nations, according to the Russian news agency TASS. “Of course, we are very grateful to Russia for the role it plays in the Mideast region.”
  • Russia and Israel: A Beautiful Friendship?

    10/24/2014 12:29:32 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/24/2014 | Michael Curtis
    When Bob Dylan sang “For the times they are a-changin’” he was not referring to relations between Israel and Russia, but his lyrics might just fit at the present time. No one can speak of a Russian tropical heat wave towards Israel but it isn’t surprising the temperature’s rising. The relationship may be heading to a beautiful friendship if not the beginning of love...
  • China’s Submarine Fleet Adds Nuclear-Strike Capability, Altering Strategic Balance Undersea

    10/24/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | JEREMY PAGE
    One Sunday morning last December, China’s defense ministry summoned military attachés from several embassies to its monolithic Beijing headquarters. To the foreigners’ surprise, the Chinese said that one of their nuclear-powered submarines would soon pass through the Strait of Malacca, a passage between Malaysia and Indonesia that carries much of world trade, say people briefed on the meeting. Two days later, a Chinese attack sub—a so-called hunter-killer, designed to seek out and destroy enemy vessels—slipped through the strait above water and disappeared. It resurfaced near Sri Lanka and then in the Persian Gulf, say people familiar with its movements, before...
  • Red-faced Swedish Navy calls off hunt for mystery vessel in Baltic Sea

    10/24/2014 6:17:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Swedish military has called off the search for a 'Russian underwater vessel' thought to have been lurking in the Stockholm archipelago, after admitting that it was 'definitely not' a submarine. Navy top brass has today been forced to concede that although 'underwater activity' is confirmed, the military has ruled out the possibility that it could have been a Russian sub. This comes after Moscow blasted the hunt as 'groundless actions by the Swedish military, based on a Cold War-rhetoric'.
  • Russia Will Be Plunged Into A Recession If Oil Prices Fall Further [Fracking stops Putin Empire]

    10/24/2014 3:45:20 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Oct 14 | Tomas Hirt
    Russia will struggle to avoid falling into a recession if oil prices are allowed to drop to $80 a barrel — and could face calamity if prices fall below that level. Brent crude oil prices have fallen from a June high of $115 a barrel to just over $86 a barrel Wednesday. This poses a huge problem for Russia as oil and gas account for around two-thirds of total exports from the country:
  • The Russian Ruble Is Getting Crushed [Good news!]

    10/24/2014 3:41:28 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Russia's currency has been put under pressure by a combination of falling oil prices and fears over a possible sovereign debt downgrade by Standard & Poor’s Friday. The ratings agency currently has a BBB- on Russia, only one grade above junk. A further downgrade would push it into junk territory, likely increasing the country's borrowing costs at a time when it is already struggling to meet budget targets due to plunging commodity revenues. If the oil price continues to slide analysts see the country falling into a recession.
  • U.S., allies scramble jets almost daily to repel Russian incursions

    10/23/2014 7:05:08 PM PDT · by knak · 10 replies
    Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense assets on a nearly daily basis in response to air, sea and land incursions by Vladimir Putin’s forces. Not only is Moscow continuing to foment unrest in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials and regional security experts say Russian fighter jets are testing U.S. reaction times over Alaska and Japan’s ability to scramble planes over its northern islands — all while haunting Sweden’s navy and antagonizing Estonia’s tiny national security force. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/23/vladimir-putin-emboldened-by-weak-us-response-to-r/#ixzz3H1YXcfit Follow us: @washtimes...
  • Russia's Communist Party Receives License For TV Broadcasting

    10/23/2014 7:01:47 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 24th Oct. 2014
    The Russian Communist Party's "Red Line" television channel has received a license for broadcasting. Party leader Gennady Zyuganov made the announcement on October 18 and said the channel would soon start broadcasting "all over Russia." Red Line already posts broadcasts on the Internet. A statement on the channel's website said, "Our mission is to become a source of information and a platform for discussions among smart, thinking people, who are not indifferent to the ways Russia and the world are developing." The channel said it would be airing documentary films, special reports, political talk shows, and interviews with scholars, politicians,...
  • Russia's PM Signals $40B State Help for Rosneft

    09/08/2014 10:13:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    RigZone ^ | September 08, 2014 | Reuters Staff
    Russian oil production, the major source of government revenue (40 + percent) of state revenues, may decline ..., the Energy Ministry said on Monday. Russia's economy (is) heavily dependent on crude exports and on the brink of collapse. Oil production has been broadly in decline this year mostly due to the depletion of West Siberia's oilfields.
  • When Communists Murdered a Priest

    10/22/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 21, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    Editor’s note: The original piece was published at The American Spectator. It was October 19, 1984—30 years ago this week. A gentle, courageous, and genuinely holy priest, Jerzy Popieluszko, age 37, found himself in a ghastly spot that, though it must have horrified him, surely did not surprise him. An unholy trinity of thugs from communist Poland’s secret police had seized and pummeled him. He was bound and gagged and stuffed into the trunk of their cream-colored Fiat 125 automobile as they roamed the countryside trying to decide where to dispatch him. This kindly priest was no less than the...
  • Russia prepares militarization of Arctic

    10/22/2014 2:44:38 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 60 replies
    UPI Top News ^ | Oct. 21, 2014 , 9:21 AM | Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Russia has begun a large-scale militarization of the Arctic Ocean region, with a military command structure planned by 2017. It comes after recent discoveries of oil and natural gas reserves under the ocean floor, and the possibility a potential Northern Sea Route -- an alternative to the Suez Canal -- could soon be established as global climate change causes melting of Arctic ice.
  • Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland - Polish ex-minister

    10/21/2014 10:26:35 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 Oct. 2014 | Reuters
    WARSAW, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader that they divide Ukraine between themselves as far back as 2008, Poland's parliamentary speaker Radoslaw Sikorski said in an interview published by the U.S. Politico website.
  • The Shilka air defense system: Half a century guarding the skies

    10/21/2014 12:34:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | October 20, 2014 | Alexander Korolkov
    The term air defense is associated more with interceptor aircraft and missile and radar systems than tanks bristling with barrels. But the Shilka is the air defense system closest to the troops, having followed Soviet and Russian motorized infantry and tank battalions for five decades in which it also made its mark in ground engagements. There is a joke in the Russian military that air defense troops are failed pilots who donÂ’t like anyone else flying. But not even these zealous forces could keep the skies completely clear in the post-war period. Anti-aircraft weapons available in the 1950s were not...
  • New-generation missile destroyer under development in Russia

    10/21/2014 11:59:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | 21/10/2014
    Russia’s Defense Ministry has approved the technical design specification for the Leader class destroyers, a high-ranking source in the ministry told TASS on Tuesday. The destroyer’s nuclear-powered and gas turbine versions are planned. He said there was no clarity yet concerning the weapons, but the new ship will be most likely equipped with the Caliber high-precision cruise missile system and the S-500 antiaircraft defense system. “The Leader technical design specification prepared by the Navy command has been signed by the Defense Ministry leadership that approved the engineering design for two versions of the destroyer — nuclear-powered and gas turbine,” the...
  • Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

    10/21/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATED: Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary". Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops are scouring an area about 30 to 60 kilometres from the Swedish capital after a "man-made" and foreign object was spotted in the waters. "The most important value of the operation - regardless of whether we find something -- is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think...